||The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) seeks to employ a Geographical Information System (GIS) Specialist to manage the sourcing, assembly, and analysis of spatial data in support of the Vector Control Project, as well as to provide day-to-day project management support to senior investigators. The GIS Specialist will also work with a broader team of MEI staff and consultants to lead various modeling activities, and will be responsible for several key related deliverables, including contribution to manuscript preparation and presentation of work at national and international meetings.
The ideal candidate has a strong background in management and manipulation of spatial data layers, malaria/vector-borne disease and broader public health experience, and strong project management and writing skills. The candidate will contribute creativity and energy to the project, will thrive in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization, and will be skilled at interpersonal communication and relationship management.
Please note: This is a full time contract employment position through August 31, 2016 and reporting to the MEI Spatial Epidemiologist. The role may require 5-10% domestic and international travel.
GLOBAL HEALTH SCIENCES / GLOBAL HEALTH GROUP
The Global Health Group is an “action tank,” dedicated to identifying, elaborating and translating innovative solutions to major global health challenges into large-scale action, to advance health and save lives in low- and middle-income countries. The Global Health Group works across the spectrum, from conducting research and policy analysis, to building consensus, to catalyzing the development and implementation of pioneering programs in collaborating countries. Organizationally, the Global Health Group is a component of UCSF Global Health Sciences. The Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) provides intellectual and practical leadership and support for the elimination of malaria. More information is available at http://globalhealthsciences.ucsf.edu/global-health-group/malaria-elimination-initiative.
The MEI recently received funding for a catalytic vector control project to gather and generate evidence around novel and aggressive vector control approaches for malaria elimination that go beyond ITNs and IRS (see Annex 1 for Project Overview). Through reviews, case studies, and geo-spatial and transmission modeling, the MEI will examine past, present and future tools for mosquito control, as well as approaches to pest management and control of other vectors to assemble a toolbox of strategies and tools for national malaria programs working toward elimination. The MEI will convene several different fora for information sharing, as well as engage experts through consultancies and a project advisory group to advise on the research program.
• BA/BS degree in public health epidemiology, geographic information systems, environmental science or related field and three to five years of experience working in public health or a related field
• Experience with geospatial data and remote sensing data analysis
• Experience preparing manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals
• Experience managing complex projects, involving multiple deadlines and stakeholders/decision-makers
• Experience developing and implementing project work plans and strategies, and working within project budgets
• Knowledge of landscape of publicly available GIS and remote sensing data
• Fluency in written and oral English
• PC literate; excellent word processing skills; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
• Excellent research and analytical skills and ability to think critically
• Strong understanding of Geographic Information Systems and remotely sensed data
• Ability to acquire, manipulate, and quality assure spatial data in both raster and vector format
• Ability to perform exploratory statistical analysis using spatial data
• Significant attention to detail and strong organizational skills; ability to hold self and others to high standards
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work in a team, forge direction and consensus among team members
• Ability to work in fast-paced, demanding and ambiguous conditions, handle multiple tasks and details simultaneously, and exercise sound, timely judgment and take relevant responsible action as required; ability to get up to speed quickly
• Ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision
• Master’s degree in public health, geographic information systems, environmental science or related health field
• Training in public health research methods, including epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research
• Strong knowledge of malaria epidemiology and/or other vector-borne diseases
• Experience with Google Earth Engine
• Experience working and conducting research in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
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